NEW WINE ALERT!
La Roche Buissiere Petit Jo: This brilliant French Grenache is simple and fresh and postively exuberant. It’s also a rebel. Petit Jo made with just the grapes and the natural yeasts found on their skins, they add no sulfites, no designer yeast, no oak… it’s purely a bottle full of delicious, easy-drinking, honest grape juice- who can argue with that? And it’s an incredible value at $15 on the shelf!
Domaine La Paonnerie La Jacquerie Anjou Villages 2010: This supple sipper is green, green, green- the family owned vineyard boasts organic and biodynamic farming, recycled paper labels, and even organic beeswax treated corks! And the wine is outstanding. A blend of Cabernet Franc and it’s progeny Cabernet Sauvignon (a genetic cross between Cab Franc and Sauvignon Blanc), La Jacquerie is earthy and vibrant, with red and black fruit and delicate structure. $20
Drinking Dandy’s house red of 5 years, Porca de Murca, at a live show in Williamsburg. The wine is delicious! The band is Simon & The Bar Sinisters… And they rock!!! As much as Simon is blowing my mind, I can’t get over the quality of this Portuguese red. $9/bottle. I mean, what can you get for $9 these days? Please tell me.
There’s been a lot of Ween chatter in my social circle these past few days. I used to listen to a lot of Ween. In fact, when I first moved to Brooklyn I used to go to the Brooklyn Ale House on Mondays when Trippy, the bartender, played “All-Ween-Music-Mondays”. That’s how I found my first Brooklyn boyfriend among other things that remain close to my heart. Long story short, I decided to stream some Ween tonight at the shop when I realized one of my favorite albums of theirs is THE PERFECT ALBUM NAME TO PAIR WITH WINE!
CHOCOLATE & CHEESE!!!! hello old friend.
Dear Lily,Thx much for the vino recommendations. Just cracked the Bordeaux Blanc, it’s delicious!
Favorite part of my job #8: Getting texts/emails from friends/customers while they are vacationing in beautiful places thanking us for the wine recommendations. Especially from those with excellent camera skills! Springtime in Vermont never looked better…
(Lily was thirsty, so she picked two.)
Dandy loves you! Have a beautiful weekend!
Primavera! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for another awesome Italian tasting with our buddy Ben from Soilair! He’s pouring some delightful spring picks alongside cheese from ED!
Scarbolo Friulano 2011
This sunny, medium-bodied northern Italian white is bright gold in the glass, with a BIG personality. With notes of zesty citrus peel and yellow apples, and a rich, lengthy finish, it’s a great wine to pair with springy pasta dishes- think ramp spaghetti or shrimp scampi. $21
Fontezoppa Ribona 2009
Have you ever even heard of the grape Ribona? We hadn’t, until Ben brought us a bottle from revered Marche producer Fontezoppa. Oh boy, y’all… it’s a treat. Cool sea breezes from the Adriatic blow over the vineyards, endowing the fruit and the resulting wine with a cool minerality and delicate salinity. A refreshing and unique alternative to Muscadet. $25
Pietranera Rosso di Montalcino 2011
Although warmer days bring cravings for whites and roses, we happen to love it all, year round. There are certain days and certain dishes that just call for a good glass (or bottle) of red. Enter: Petranera’s Rosso! This versatile, delicious Sangiovese is great with burgers and pizza alike, as well as spicy tacos or richer fish dishes, and the beautiful label makes it extra worthy of gifting your dinner party hosts or significant other’s parents. $25
Big Mama Thornton on vinyl at Dandy… Happy Mother’s Day!
Dandy LOVES Moms.
Hello friends, we have some news: Captain Farwell and crew will be piloting their boat back from Boston starting early morning next Saturday, May 18, to land in Brooklyn. They will have live updates (reception permitting) directly from the boat on their Captain’s Blog. Stay tuned! The Water Table will be home in Brooklyn so soon, we can’t wait!
Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting with our DJ friend Clarke from Rosenthal Wine Merchants, one of our most favorite importers. Rosenthal specializes in wines that really exhibit terroir, the unique places where the grapes are grown. These wines are story-tellers, and you’re transported with every bottle to the fields from which they originated. We’re so excited to share them with you over records from Clarke’s personal collection and cheese from Eastern District!
Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose, Provence 2012
One of our favorites year after year, Peyrassol Rose is just what we want out of a pink wine. A pale-salmon colored blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah from healthy quarter-century old vines, it’s got a pretty red fruit-flower aroma and vibrant stone fruit and chill minerality on the palate. A trip to Provence in a bottle. $19
Domaine La Manarine, Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011
100% Grenache lends this cheery Southern Cotes du Rhone red some spice and concentration. After almost two years of maturation, the wine is bottled without filtration, so the pure grape-y Grenache fruit shines through. A versatile food wine that pairs well with burgers of both the meat and veggie variety. $15